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Deve Gowda leads farmers’ protest in Hassan

Staff Correspondent

He was seeking early procurement of maize



On a mission: H.D. Deve Gowda along with agitating farmers in Hassan on Friday.

HASSAN: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda led a protest rally of farmers here on Friday demanding an increase in the minimum support price of maize. He also sought an early start to procurement to prevent distress sales by farmers.

The rally started from Narasimha Raja Circle and ended at the Deputy Commissioner’s office complex. The protesters presented a memorandum addressed to the Governor through the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Additional Deputy Commissioner Subbaraya Kamat received the memorandum.

Following the failure of potato crop due to blight last year, farmers switched over to maize this time and cultivated the crop on 55,000 hectares of land in the district.

Addressing the farmers, Mr. Gowda said that on Thursday he sent letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh seeking an end to the elephant menace in Alur taluk. He said he would raise the issue in Parliament too.

He said he would hold discussions with the Prime Minister, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on enhancing the support price for maize at the earliest.

The former Minister H.D. Revanna, who also addressed the gathering, recalled that the farmers’ agitation in Hassan district in 1983 saw the defeat of the R. Gundu Rao Government. This agitation too would shake the BJP Government, he claimed.

He said that although the Government announced that maize would be purchased through nine centres in the district from November 9, procurement had not yet started. He alleged that there was no infrastructure in these centres.

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